|1955 Rose Bowl|
|41st Rose Bowl Game|
|Date||January 1, 1955|
|MVP||Dave Leggett (Ohio State QB)|
|Favorite||Ohio State by 14 points |
|Halftime show||K. Massey & Archie Whatley|
|United States TV coverage|
The 1955 Rose Bowl was the 41st edition of the college football bowl game, played at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, on Saturday, January 1. The top-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes of the Big Ten Conference defeated the USC Trojans of the Pacific Coast Conference, 20–7.
Ohio State head coach Woody Hayes came into his first Rose Bowl tied for the national championship with PCC champion UCLA. However, #2 UCLA was locked out of the game because of the "no-repeat" rule.
Main article: 1954 Ohio State Buckeyes football team
Ohio State quarterback Dave Leggett threw eleven passes, completing six, one a touchdown pass to Robert Archbald Watkins Jr. Halfback Hopalong Cassady ran for 92 yards and led the Buckeyes to 304 yards on the ground and an overall advantage of 360-206 yards in total offense.
Main article: 1954 USC Trojans football team
The only touchdown by USC was an 86-yard punt return by Aramis Dandoy.
The teams played in the first rainstorm to hit Pasadena during a Rose Bowl in more than 50 years. The fans were under umbrellas, and it rained during the entire game, turning the field to mud.